Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sam Seltzer - November 29, 1982


The following is an interview with Mr. Sam Seltzer on the morning of November 29, 1982 at his home in Oak Park, Michigan. The interviewer is Anita Schwartz.

Could you tell me your name please and where you are from?

My name is Sam Seltzer. I was born in Poland, near the German border.

May I have the name of the city in which you were born?

The name of the city is Modrzejów.

Can you spell that for me?

M-o-d-z-d-r-z-e-j-o-w. [M-o-d-r-z-e-j-ó-w]

Were you still living in Modrzejów when the war broke out?

Yes. I lived in uh, all my life in that small town.

Could you tell me something about what you remember of life in Modrzejów before the war started?

Before the war started? Well, I was uh, about uh, fourteen years old. And uh, I was the youngest of nine children.

How many brothers and how many sisters?

Had five sisters and four brothers.

And what was your father's occupation?

My father was a veterinarian. Horse veterinarian.

And he worked in Modrzejów?

Yeah, he worked in Modrzejów.

Can you describe what your home was like?

Our home was uh, a very warm home. Very, very warm family. Everybody was--we were a close family and uh, a rather large family.

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